County receives 4,650 ballots
Stutsman County received 4,650 ballots in Tuesday's primary, said Nicole Meland, county auditor/chief operating officer and election administrator. Of those ballots, 4,598 were counted and the remaining 52 ballots will go to the canvass board due to signature-related issues, she said. Eleven other ballots will also go to the canvass board because they did not have the return envelope with their signature; those 11 are not included in the total ballots received.
Meland said 5,911 ballot applications were sent out. The number of ballots cast in the vote-by-mail election was the highest number in a primary since 2012 when 5,158 ballots were cast. Ballots postmarked by Monday must be received by the time the canvass board meets at 10 a.m. Monday to certify the results of the election.
Other election results
In the Stutsman County Commission race, with two positions up for election, up to four candidates could advance to the November election. That means the three candidates seeking the positions - incumbent Mark Klose and challengers Jill Gainer and Joan Morris - all advance. The votes: Morris, 2,634; Klose, 2,573; and Gainer, 2,200.
The two incumbent candidates running unopposed for Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission were reelected. Mark Ukestad and Ron Olstad retained their seats. An error on the ballot said to vote for no more than three names when only two seats were open. Nine write-ins were received.
Voters approved publishing the minutes for the Jamestown City Council and the school board proceedings for the Jamestown Public School District in The Jamestown Sun. For the city measure, the vote was 2,777 yes to 312 no. The vote to publish school board proceedings was 3,328-388.
Election results are unofficial.
By comparison, the following ballots were cast in previous primaries:
- 2012 primary: 5,158 ballots
- 2014 primary: 2,877 ballots
- 2016 primary: 4,109 ballots
- 2018 primary: 3,528 ballots